Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger sign pact to counter ECOWAS

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Three military-led West African Sahel countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have signed a security treaty that will make them support one another against any external aggression.

They signed the treaty on Saturday, in a development that appeared to counter the threat posed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Recall that ECOWAS issued threats to intervene militarily following the July coup in Niger, that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

Mali and Burkina Faso have vowed to come to Niger’s aid if it is attacked.

ECOWAS and the West have criticised the three  countries over military takeovers, which have strained their relationships with them, even as they struggle to contain insurgents linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State.

In making their support formal, Mali junta leader, Assimi Goita, revealed on X that they signed pact.

“Any attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of one or more contracted parties will be considered an…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper